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New Inquiry: Post-Legislative Scrutiny of the Freedom of Information Act

20 December 2011

The Justice Select Committee, chaired by Sir Alan Beith, is launching a call for written evidence for its post-legislative scrutiny of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

The inquiry will be informed by the Ministry of Justice’s memorandum on the Freedom of Information Act 2000 which can be found at:

http://justice.cjs.gov.uk/downloads/publications/policy/moj/post-legislative-assessment-of-the-foi-act.pdf

The Committee invites written evidence on the issues set out below (although respondents are welcome to address additional issues):

  •  Does the Freedom of Information Act work effectively?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of the Freedom of Information Act? 
  • Is the Freedom of Information Act operating in the way that it was intended to?

The deadline for submissions is Friday 3 February 2012.

Call for evidence: Written evidence should be in MS Word (no later than 2007) or rich text format (please do not send PDF’s) with as little use of colour or logos as possible, and sent by e-mail to: justicecommemo@parliament.uk

The body of the e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address.

The e-mail should also make clear who the submission is from. Deadline for submissions is 3 February 2012.

Submissions must address the terms of reference. They should be in the format of a self-contained memorandum and should be no more than 3,000 words.

Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and the document must include an executive summary. Further guidance on the submission of evidence can be found at www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/witness.cfm

Submissions should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere, though previously published work can be referred to in a submission and submitted as supplementary material. Once submitted, your submission becomes the property of the Committee and no public use should be made of it unless you have first obtained permission from the Clerk of the Committee.

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE JUSTICE COMMITTEE IS UNABLE TO INVESTIGATE INDIVIDUAL CASES.

The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to publish the written evidence it receives, either by printing the evidence, publishing it on the internet or making it publicly available through the Parliamentary Archives. If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure; the Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence.

For data protection purposes, it would be helpful if individuals wishing to submit written evidence send their contact details in a covering letter or e-mail.

You should be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

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